Students welcomed and celebrated back at school after teacher walkout
Ponca City Now - April 16, 2018 4:34 pm
All Ponca City Public School students were welcomed back today after returning from two weeks of school closure due to the teacher walkout. Students were met as they arrived outside and inside the buildings with signs, cheering and celebrations in morning assemblies.
Woodlands principal Tim Williams said, “Our students were greeted and welcomed back this morning with teachers wearing party hats, blowing party horns, and giving high fives and hugs. Teachers lined the halls and enthusiastically and noisily welcomed our students back to school. Mrs. Anderson’s class went running to her and engulfed her in a group hug when she entered the gym for assembly this morning.”
Superintendent Shelley Arrott wrote in an email to all employees saying in part, “Now that the walkout is over, many of us need a time of healing. This movement has been hard on everyone in both positive and negative ways. Our administrators, teachers, staff, parents, students, and community all need some sort of healing.”
Arrott continued, “Healing is never a one day event; it is going to take time. However, I believe the challenges and victories of this movement have been a driving force of team building for the district. I have never felt that PCPS has been more of a ‘TEAM’ than we are now.
“The end of the walkout is definitely not the end. It is the beginning of a new-found era of advocating for public education in Oklahoma. Thank you for your advocacy for the students of our state and Ponca City Public Schools. We love our students, parents, community and schools, and we are so grateful to live and work in Ponca City, Oklahoma.”